Siriraj Hospital Explains HM King's Speech Difficulty

Crowd celebrating His Majesty the King's Birthday, 5 December 2013

(12 December) The dean of Siriraj Hospital′s Faculty of Medicine has assured the Thais that the health of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen are improving.


Dr. Udom Kachinthorn said his medical team is exceedingly happy with the recovery of Their Majesties from their illness. 
The monarchs are currently residing at a seaside palace at Hua Hin, south of Bangkok, having left Siriraj Hospital earlier this year.
His Majesty the King recently appeared on a live television broadcast on 5 December – HM′s Birthday – in which he briefly gave a scripted speech. However, the 86-year old monarch stumbled on certain parts of the speech, while the camera fixed on the audience of top officials and military commanders, who visibly looked anxious.
But Dr. Udom said His Majesty′s difficulty in reading the speech is not a worrying condition. 
"It′s a normal condition of elderly persons. They often pause as they are doing something," Dr. Udom told reporters.

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